Protect Property and Lives From Wildfires
A record-breaking wildfire season in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado cost insurers a staggering $7 billion to $13 billion in 2020.
ZENOVA WB Wildfire Barrier
The increase in wildfires impacts not only the environment but the risk assessment to commercial properties and residences is also increasing yearly. ZENOVA WB Wildfire Barrier is a fluid applied via spray wands or aerial drops to create a barrier against wildfires.
Climate Trends Contributing to Wildfires
The year 2022 has recorded record-breaking temperatures and weather conditions. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information:
- According to the August 30 U.S. Drought Monitor report, 45.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in drought. Severe to exceptional drought was widespread from the Great Basin to the Pacific Coast, across portions of the central and southern Plains, and parts of New England.
- On September 1, the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Americas and eighth largest in the world, recorded its lowest water level since records began in 1847.
- The contiguous U.S. monthly average minimum temperature was record warm for the second month in a row during August. California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Idaho each ranked warmest on record for August nighttime temperatures.
- For the month of August, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire ranked warmest on record. In addition to this record warmth, near-record temperatures were widespread in the West and other parts of the Northeast. California had its second warmest August, with five additional states experiencing a top-five warmest August on record.
- Several notable flooding events, considered “1,000-year” rainfall events by the National Weather Service, occurred during the month of August.
Current Wildfire Data
“Ten years ago, this was a non-issue for (insurance firms). Now they’re saying ‘This is an extraordinary increase in our risk portfolio,’” said David Peterson, a forest biology professor and wildfire expert at the University of Washington.
- A record-breaking wildfire season in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado cost insurers a staggering $7 billion to $13 billion in 2020, an illustration of the growing price tag on natural disasters linked to climate change.
- Over the past few decades, the United States has routinely spent more than $1 billion per year to fight wildfires, including $2.3 billion in 2020.
- The peak of the U.S. wildfire season is occurring earlier. In 1984–2001, burned area peaked in August. More recently, it peaked in July. An average of 1.7 million acres burned in July of each year from 2002 to 2020.
- Even in communities far downwind, wildfire smoke has been directly linked to poor air quality that can lead to significant health effects and costs to society (emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and deaths, often due to respiratory ailments.)